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Scarbee Pre-BassbyNative Instruments
 Scarbee Pre-Bass by Native Instruments is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and a Standalone Application. It includes, and is therefore "powered by", Kontakt Player, which functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, an AAX Plugin and a Standalone Application.
Scarbee Pre-Bass
Product Scarbee Pre-Bass
Developer Native Instruments / Scarbee
Price (MSRP)
$89 / €79 / $119 / €99
Type / Tags Bass ModuleSampler/Sample Player
This product is "Powered By" Kontakt Player. The OS and Format icons listed below should be accurate for the latest version of Kontakt Player.
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Scarbee Pre-Bass provides a meticulous, highly musical rendition of the iconic Fender Precision bass. Pre-Bass is derived from the Scarbee Blue Bass library, and the first release in the partnership between sampling expert Thomas Hansen Skarbye and Native Instruments.

Powered by the Kontakt engine and playable via the free Kontakt Player or the full Kontakt 3 sampler, Scarbee Pre-Bass delivers the full sonic spectrum of the most popular bass guitar of all time, suitable for a universal array of musical styles from pop and rock to hip-hop, jazz, funk and beyond. All four strings of the original instrument have been sampled in nine velocities, resulting in over 4,000 individual samples. The sample material was recorded through a DI for maximum sonic flexibility, using round-wound strings for a bright and punchy sound. Specific "Player Profiles" for various genres as well as EQ and effect controls allow musicians and producers to further customize the sound and behavior of Pre-Bass to fit the musical context.

To preserve all the acoustic intricacies of the real instrument, Pre-Bass takes full advantage of the unique scripting features of Kontakt. Authentic articulations and playing techniques include hammer-ons, pull-offs, grace notes, various trills, mutes, harmonics, pickup hits, fret noises and much more, most of which are automatically triggered based on the incoming note material. The fretboard display in Kontakt and Kontakt Player shows the playing position and articulation of each note in real-time, with intelligent string selection and index finger/middle finger alternation as well as dedicated slide and chord modes that contribute to the unparalleled authenticity of the instrument.

Scarbee Pre-Bass Amped expands on the Pre-Bass instrument by providing additional versions of the instrument recorded through four different amplifiers, offering distinctive characteristics perfectly suited for a variety of musical styles. Available in Fat, Heavy, Crunchy, and Pop versions, the bass tones in Pre-Bass Amped range from warm, round and tight to crispy, hard, and even slightly distorted types.

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